There is no shortage of St. Charles Park District activities for ages 50 and up, and as an added perk, many of the programs are free.
Becoming a member of the Adult Activity Center gives you the most bang for your buck. St. Charles Park District residents pay $10 a year which allows for free admittance to many drop in programs offered in the center, such as monthly potluck lunches, nature programs and the Rotary Early Bird Breakfast and Night of Bingo. Not a resident? No problem! Non-residents pay just $15 a year.
“The Adult Activity Center is a great place for individuals to make new friends, learn new skills and stay active and involved in the community,” said Katie Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Recreation.
Drop-in activities are held at various times Monday-Friday and on Sundays. If you are a card player, pinochle, bridge and samba are a few of the favorites. Also offered are Mexican domino train, Mah Jongg, Scrabble and table tennis. If you like to quilt, consider joining the Quilting Bees group. Need assistance learning how to navigate your computer, we have a coach than can help you. Movie day is every Tuesday with new releases as well as some old favorites. Of course, there is popcorn!
Some drop-in activities require registration. For more information, visit the ACC south desk. Guests are welcome and pay a daily fee of $5.
Other perks of ACC membership are free programs. This summer that includes Secret Life of Fireflies lead by Naturalist Pam Otto from 1-2pm Thursday, June 6. The fee for nonmembers is $2.
Potluck Parties also are free for members, with a different theme each time we gather. Bring your favorite dish to share with others on the first Thursday of each month. The theme for June will be Breakfast for Lunch and August will be Italian Feast. The fee is $5 for nonmembers.
Meet with friends at local restaurants to socialize each month. Let’s Do Lunch meets on Wednesdays at different locations including Buttermilk, Buona Beef and Alexanders Café this summer. Cost to attend is free, and you pay your lunch bill.
Other new programs free to everyone include Senior Scams presented by St. Charles Police Officer Jim Burden and Senior Share Day by Right at Home Homecare Services.
If you like the camaraderie of walking with others, sign up for the free Walking Club. Participants meet once a month for one hour at various locations including Delnor Woods Park, Mt. St. Mary Park and Hickory Knolls Natural Area.
To register for ACC programs, visit www.stcparks.org or call 630-513-4324.
Other discounted programs exist outside the Adult Activity Center. If you like to soak up the warm weather via dipping in the pool or hitting the links, Otter Cove and Swanson pools and Pottawatomie Golf Course offer discounts for ages 60 and older.
New this year is Senior Discount Day at the pools. Every Tuesday, you’ll receive the Twilight rate all day as you swim, splash and cool off from the summer heat. For more information, call 630-513-6200.
And every Monday is Senior Golf Day at Pottawatomie. Play 9 holes for $14, and rent a cart at a discounted $8 per golfer. For more information, call 630-584-8356.
Spending time with grandchildren may be top on your list as well, so bring them to the River View Miniature Golf Course at Pottawatomie on Thursdays from 11am-9pm for Grandparents Day. Grandparents play for free with the purchase of one round for a grandchild. For more information, call 630-584-1028.